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Thinking about on-demand lit. essay writing

When my students return from vacation they're going to be spending a week in their notebooks before we start our memoir unit of study. (We're saving poetry for last since I didn't feel we HAD to do Poetry now just b/c it's National Poetry Month. I've always done it in April, but wanted to change-it-up… Continue reading Thinking about on-demand lit. essay writing

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Literary Essay Texts

During our common planning time today, my colleagues and I brainstormed a list of texts we're going to have students select from for their literary essays. Many people think that kids should pick whatever book they're reading, I've come to believe that having children select from a pre-selected set of short texts is better. A… Continue reading Literary Essay Texts

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Practicing Written Responses to Texts

My students will be taking the NECAP Reading Test this-coming week. I've been trying to prepare them for the written responses to reading they'll be doing. Therefore, I've tried to create some of my own materials. Here's one thing I did. First, we read Lenore Look's book Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding. Second, we talked… Continue reading Practicing Written Responses to Texts